Firefighters responded to a structure fire Oct. 1 on Skinner Flat Road in Manchester.

“We received the call at 1:54 p.m. Oct. 1,” said Dale Brandon, training officer at the Manchester Fire and Rescue.

The fire is still under investigation, according to Brandon.

Five of the six units of the apartment complex, located at 480 Skinner Flat Rd., were occupied when the blaze started.

“We got a call and a report to us that smoke was billowing out of one of the apartments,” Brandon said. “We arrived on the scene, did a good knock down on the fire.

“Of the total six units, five were occupied. One of them was under remodel. The unit itself, where the fire was in, was a loss. The unit next to it had water and smoke damage. All six units had smoke damage. All occupants were not able to stay there last night (Oct. 1), and will probably be out a few days.”

It took about 15 minutes to extinguish the fire.

“But then we were on the scene for quite some time putting out hot spots and doing salvage and overhaul to the unit next door,” he said.

Brandon thanked all agencies that helped.

“We called the Tullahoma Fire Department for mutual aid, and they came and stood by our station while we were out on that call,” Brandon said. “We also want to thank the Manchester Police Department, the Coffee County Communications Center, Coffee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for their assistance." 

Initial reports indicate no one suffered serious injuries.

A male was transported by EMS to Unity Medical Center in Manchester for possible smoke inhalation.

“The occupant of the apartment where the fire was was transported to the hospital,” he said.

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